Welcome to The Chedi, Chiang Mai’s only five-star hotel along the scenic Ping river.

Daylight streams into each of the eighty-four polished, wood-clad guest rooms through the wall of floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a generous balcony. The double daybeds provide the ideal vantage point from which to observe the peaceful flow of Thai river life. Or, linger by the riverside pool and watch traditional fishing boats float past.

Dining is a global affair with Western, Thai, Korean and Indian dishes served inside a 90-year old British consulate building and outside on the teak, tree-shaded deck. Pan seared foie gras, som tum and jingha masala… You get an idea of the spread.

Take a woven cane seat on the verandah for afternoon tea, serving the best of local and Anglo-inspired sweets and savouries, a cushy couch in The Lobby Lounge, a spot around the colonial bar or head upstairs to sprawl on a daybed with panoramic river views of the Mae Ping, exotic or classic cocktail in hand.

And when you are able to tear yourself away from The Chedi, explore the temples and elephant treks around Chiang Mai, leaving evenings to wander through the famed night bazaar, five minutes by foot, and another five into Chiang Mai’s charming old town.

By the way, Chiang Mai, fondly known as ‘the Rose of the North’ is Thailand’s second largest city after Bangkok. Famous for its scenic verdant mountains and shrines, come November, Chiang Mai erupts in a sea of sunflowers. Yellow hues spill out of the city, especially in the drive further east to Mae Hong Son.

To enjoy The Chedi experience in Chiang Mai all you need to do is call Lighthouse on (0) 9818905024 or email theworld@golighthouse.in.

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